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The Glass Menagerie

a Drama
CATEGORY :
by Tennessee Williams

COMPANY : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
ID# 1603

SHOWING : April 14, 2006 - May 07, 2006

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Drew Reeves
Laura Jennifer Akin
Tom Jeff McKerley
Amanda Jackie Prucha
Jim Maurice Ralston
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REVIEWS

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rise and shine
by Okely Dokely
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
4.0
I really enjoyed myself at this, and am sorry that this show didn't enjoy bigger audiences, if the Friday night ghost town I was part of was any indication of how it usually was.

I confess I mostly go to the Tavern for the atmosphere, since I usually don't "get" Shakespeare the first time around, but I quite enjoyed their break from Shakespeare with this and The Fantasticks, which I'll write about later. I got a lot out of this production.

The casting of Jeff McKerley in the roles he had in both this and The Fantasticks certainly seemed like a "let's do something interesting" choice, rather than necessarily a "let's get the kind of actor you'd immediately think of for these parts" choice. I confess, I think Paul Hester would have been the safest, albeit most accurate choice for the role of Tom (if we're just talking Tavern regulars here). But I must say this was my favorite dramatic performance from Mr. Jeffrey Wayne, and I saw his Richard II. He did seem too old to play a character still living at home, and the best hair and make-up artists in town could not make him look 2 years apart in age from Jen Akin. (If my ears and memory serve me correctly, Tom and Laura are only 2 years apart in age from each other.)

Maurice Ralston, who I totally throw my hat off to for giving me the best performance I've ever seen from him, also, like McKerley, was 10 or so years too old for his role, but in the scenes with just him and the Tom character, it worked because at least the two of them were consistently too old. It was funny seeing Ralston (who looks to be in his early 40s) saying lines like "That's the girl I've been going steady with."

Jen Akin and Jackie Prucha rounded out this intimate ensemble nicely. It's a heavy show - I'm sure this was no walk in the part for these 4 actors. Kudos to director Drew Reeves and the lighting/set people for creating a great visual atmosphere. I didn't even laugh at all the smoking Jeff had to do in this show.

You know I'll be back for more of that Rainy Day Tomato Soup and a glass of 2003 Two-Tone Farm Merlot. And oh yeah, see the show. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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